Bounce houses are viewed as fun devices that children can enjoy for hours on end, but what few people know is that bounce houses are also the cause of thousands of injuries every year. One of the most interesting facts about bounce house injuries is that although the injuries sustained can vary greatly, there are a few that are the most common.
1) Broken Bones
One of the most common types of injuries children sustain while playing in bounce houses are fractures. This type of injury is common because the constant bouncing motion and difficulty gaining a stable foot hold means children can easily bump into one another and land in injuring positions. Parts of the body that suffer fractures the most during this activity are:
- Legs and Feet – 33% of all fractures in bounce houses
- Arms and Hands – 30% of all fractures in bounce houses
2) Head and Neck Injuries
The head and neck of a child are two of the most sensitive areas on their body, and this means injuries that occur in these places can potentially stay with them for their lifetime. This type of injury accounted for 19% of all injuries suffered in bounce houses.
Parents should be aware that injuries to the head and neck may not be readily identifiable, and parents should closely observe their children after an accident to ensure this type of injury wasn’t overlooked.
3) Knocked out Teeth
Many children who enjoy playing in bounce houses are still in the process of losing their baby teeth. The jarring and slamming that takes place in a bounce house is a perfect environment for these teeth to be knocked out. If the dislodged tooth is one of the child’s adult teeth this can create serious issues since the only way these teeth can be replaced is by a trained dental professional.
In order to avoid costly medical bills parents should determine whether the loss of the tooth was the result of an accident or caused by the negligence of the bounce house operator. If the latter is true then parents have the option of filing a lawsuit as a way to recover from their losses and ensure their child can have any necessary dental work completed.
Improperly Secured Moon Jump
Bounce houses weigh very little since they’re mainly composed of air, and this means they must be secured to the ground. There are instances where children have been injured after high winds have lifted bounce houses off the ground and turned them over. This type of event can lead to any or all of the injuries listed above.
Bouncy Castle Injury Justice
As a parent, it’s difficult to watch your child suffer from an injury he or she shouldn’t have sustained, but did because of negligence. Along with the emotional trauma, there is also rehabilitation and medical bills to be concerned about. If you are in this predicament, then you should call 713.766.5400 to schedule a free case evaluation today.
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